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Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia Declares Social Bankruptcy

Portlandia just released a series of new comedy shorts, some of which focused on the nature of technology and the subsequently mediated lives of Portland comedy duo, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen. In the short below, Carrie experiences a social meltdown and decides to declare ‘social bankruptcy’ – a service that’s yet to be available for those suffering from excessively social networks and devices. Watch what happens when Brownstein relinquishes her digital, social ties.

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See Mike Draw: What Happens When You Walk and Use Your Smartphone

We get a lot of warnings to pay attention to basically everything instead of our smartphone, so much so that maybe, just this once, we should pay attention instead of telling people everywhere to pay attention. Do you know what I mean? SeeMikeDraw does…

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XKCD Comic: Does Documenting Your Life Actually Distract You From Enjoying It?

Comic extraordinaire XKCD thinks we should give stop criticizing people for doing what they love – like, photographing food and sunsets. Also, sunsets, and then food.

If “other people having experiences incorrectly” is annoying to you, think how unbearable it must be to have a condescending stranger tell you they hate the way you’re experiencing your life at just the moment you’ve found something you want to remember.

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What do you think? We think it’s not a bad idea to play nice.

If Books Worked Like Infinite-Scrolling Webpages

Infinite scrolling websites are great for browsing images, but there’s no easy way to mark your place in the lengthy stream of information – lose your spot, and you’re doomed to spend the next hour scrolling back to something you spot thirty minutes ago. Of course, it’s perfect for browsing unlimited cat videos on your phone, but it’s no way to read a book.

This comic from xkcd illustrates why some things, like page numbers, are great, no matter what kind of medium you’re using.

A Really Tall Infographic Comic

xkcdEveryone’s favorite web-comic, xkcd just released a new comic panel titled, Tall Infographics. It’s a parody of popular infographics that typically visualizes data or statistics in a fun, easy to read panel.

While seemingly full of important numbers, infographics are usually the simplest, most superficial form of information your eyes can soak up. At the end of the day, they are visual candy, just like comics actually… Read more

Hugh Jackman Will Bring More Women to Twitter on Thursday than Actual Women on Twitter

The world’s hunkiest mutant, Hugh Jackman, will be appearing on Twitter this Thursday to please his legion of female fans (myself included).  Jackman will be responding via videos to questions sent to @RealHughJackman or @WolverineMovie in order to promote his latest movie, The Wolverine,  which appears in theaters on July 26.

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Life Before and After Cellphones – A Web Comic by 20PX

Do you remember what life was like before cell phones? Remember keeping lists of important phone numbers or having to make a collect call because you didn’t have coins? It was pretty miserable. Read more

CodeComputerLove Uses Vine to Reinvent Traditional Comics

Creative digital agency Code ComputerLove demonstrates the best thing about new media: its ability to reinvent traditional forms of storytelling. The group has remastered the art of comics into a series Vine digital shorts reminiscent of A-Ha’s famous 80’s music video “Take on Me.”

Code ComputerLove’s digital comic is titled “The Last Drop” and comprises of 8 Vines set to play like a serial, animated comic. Each Vine is only 6 seconds long and the Vines start automatically in succession. There’s no sound for now, but future versions could benefit from some sounds or maybe some classic action music.

Visit Code ComputerLove’s web page and click play to set the comic in motion.

 

The Problem with Apps

Do you get upset when a website constantly asks you if you want to download the app version of the site?

A new xkcd comic tackled the issue (embedded above), showing one of the major problems facing both app creators and app users.

If you want to make sure your site is mobile-friendly without building an app, check out our How To Make Your Page Mobile Friendly post.

Simpsons Comics are Coming to the iPad

If you cannot get enough of Bart’s antics, I have some good news for you. Starting tomorrow, your favorite yellow family will be available on the iPad.

ComiXology has just announced a new deal with Bongo, the publisher of the Simpsons comics, to launch a new branded comics app which will bring the nearly 20 years worth of comics to a new form.

“Our plan is to help Simpsons comics fans to experience the fun of collecting our comics in the digital world the same way they would collect printed comics,” remarked Bill Morrison, Bongo’s head of digital development. “They’ll be able to get current issues, and also discover and collect back issues a few at a time until they build a complete collection.”

The app ships tomorrow, but not all the backlist will be available at launch. But you will find 20 select titles from the archives, including first issues of Bartman, Simpsons Comics, Lisa Comics, and more.

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